Originally Posted by Dr. Smith
If you don't mind my asking, how did they do that - anterior/posterior/both?
Did they use titanium yada yada or the new synthetic composite yada yada?
A 360 is both anterior and posterior. This was almost seven years ago and they used titanium yada yada.
I am told that the quality of my spine is much like someone with cancer of the spine. The ortho's sub specialty is spinal cancer. That sounds like a rather limitted area of interest but he gets patients from all over the country. Typically the anterior repair is done first. My location required going in between two major blood vessels that were very close together and considered risky. Enter the vascular surgeon. My understanding is that the neuro work was done from the front along with the lion's share of the clean up of old scar tissue and osteophytes. I was then rolled over and fused posteriorlly. The final step before closing was to drop in a grenade.
Both incissions were 12 inches. I don't remember much as my pain doctor arranged for a pain specialist to take care of me until I could be transfered back home to a rehab hospital.
. When I say that was my last surgery, I mean it was my last surgery. At 63, I can't tollerate anymore of that major spinal surgery, regardless of circumstances.